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The Unboxing: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

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Canyon bicycles have long been lusted after by the American cycling scene, partly because they’ve been nearly unattainable. The German based company announced in May that it will begin US distribution in the Spring of 2017 [Canyon has now pushed that date back to Q3 of 2017 – ED]. Here at the #PelotonServiceCourse, we received our first Canyon and thought you might like a sneak peak at what comes in the box, as well as how much work it actually takes to get one built up and riding.


RELATED: Canyon to finally distribute in the US.

Stage 1 – Unpacking

The first small box made out of stacked cardboard that looks important; it’s not.


That second box though, don’t throw that one away. “Now it’s your turn – go riding”.


But don’t get too excited, you can’t go riding quite yet. This saddle shaped box contains a black velcro bag, zippered hard case and a torque wrench for assembly.


In the black velcro bag is the holy grail – of things you will most likely toss immediately. Manuals, hybrid bike reflector lights and the ‘workshop’ by Canyon. Add these to your trash pile.


And if you are still living in 1996 and using AOL to dial-up to the interweb, the Bible actually comes in digital format with a CD-ROM.


The important stuff that comes in this bag are the Di2 chargers, a second five newton meter torque wrench, front skewer, brake pads, miscellaneous odds and ends for an alternate Di2 setup (which we likely will not need), but will find out definitively once the build is under way. In case you decide to go back to the stone age and ride a ten-speed, that adapter comes with the package as well. To be honest, we’re not really sure what all this stuff actually is.


Do not throw away the legitimate looking torque wrench. We can confirm, it is indeed legit and can be used for other fun bike projects. It conveniently comes with five different heads for continued use long after your Canyon is obsolete.


In your padded case, comes a hotel room sized Bible, or road bike manual for your new Canyon. Yes, this is padded for extra protection. 1,023 pages in 16 languages – perfect for studying during your next trip abroad when you are talking the nuts and bolts of your new Canyon.


Totally reusable and one of the nicest pack-jobs we’ve seen – the Canyon comes with foam pads between the seat post/frame, handlebars, fork/head tube, front wheel and left seat stay as well as the top tube.


These velcro foam bumpers can be reused time and time again when you are traveling with your new bike (there were seven in our box). Really surprisingly there is no fork spreader included in the shipment.


Stage 2 – Assembly

Using your 3mm torque wrench, remove the top cap. Obviously, you should be slamming your stem. If not, stop reading right here and buy a different bike. Depending on how much you want to slam your stem, the top cap, stem and spacers (three) all have indents that nest together for a clean/straight look of the cockpit. One of the (many) nice things about the Canyon.


We hope you ordered the right bar/stem combo size because that is already installed for you. Put enough tension on this bad boy to ensure there is no play in the fork, but not enough to bound up the bearings inside.


There is no torque rating on this, there may be one in the Canyon Bible, but we didn’t read it. We tightened this combo to five newton meters.


From the surface, it’s not clear how to tighten the seat post bolt. So, we open our manual for the first time. The workshop pamphlet shows a much more standard seat post bolt configuration and not the integrated seat post clamp style we have. So, we turn our attention to the Bible and find our answer. As well as what the second torque wrench is for – to solve our exact issue.


Between where the seat stays connect the seat tube about 2″ below the insertion point of the seat post is where we find our tightening bolt. Remove the black silicon grommet. We’d say don’t loose this, but ours came with a backup as well as an additional binder bolt.


Stage 3 – Front Wheel Installation

This is all stuff you would never worry about if you purchased your Canyon (or any bike for that matter) from a bike shop. As in, you’d go back to the shop if there were any issue. The rear brake setup was perfect, however, the front brake was rubbing a bit. We were comfortable taking care of that, but if you head into your local shop you might need to ask for some forgiveness.

Once we started riding, the front Di2 derailleur was rubbing as well. Other than that, the bike was completely dialed to perfection. Even the battery came with a substantial charge. We also checked that the two brake calipers to make sure that they were appropriately tightened to the frame. The cranks were as well. Just about everything was setup correctly.

From start to finish the whole process took 20 minutes, conservatively and not rushing.

There you have it, the direct-to-consumer Canyon Ultimate CF SLX.

Vitals: 14.61 pounds (54cm size medium, no pedals or cages), price TBD

Words: Jeffrey Stern

Look for a complete review of the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX in an upcoming issue of peloton magazine.

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